Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the release of a new study from WCRI that found that longer-term prescribing of opioids causes substantially longer duration of temporary disability among workers with work-related low back injuries.
Key findings from the report included that longer-term opioid prescriptions resulted in durations of TD that were over triple the durations of TD for claims with no opioid scripts. In contrast to the result for longer-term opioid prescribing, a small number of opioid prescriptions, over a short period of time, did not lengthen temporary disability. WCRI also noted that local prescribing patterns also played a strong role in determining whether injured workers received opioids, for instance, a 10 percentage point increase in the local rate of long-term opioid prescribing was associated with a 2.6 percentage point higher likelihood that similar injured workers would receive opioids.
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